Voting

Registering to Vote & Voting by Mail

Wheelock College believes that every student has a responsibility to be an engaged community member in addition to excelling academically. To that end, Wheelock is committed to providing you with the information and materials you need to vote in every election from local to presidential.

When you sign up at the TurboVote link below, you will be able to access everything you need to register to vote, stay registered to vote if you move, vote absentee, and get reminders about every local, state, and federal election regardless of where you move.

TurboVote simplifies the voting process so that you, the voters, can focus on what’s important: the candidates and questions on the ballot; however; like any other initiative, participation is pivotal -- you must take the first step and register online. Voting not only allows each individual to make their voice heard, but also for our community to play a role in shaping decisions that affect all of us.

Register to vote and/or receive information about how and when to vote in your district at wheelock.turbovote.org

Voting Resource for November 2014 Election

Debate Schedule

October 7- WBZ-TV will host the first television debate featuring all five candidates at 7 PM in their Brighton studios. The debate will also be transmitted by WBZ Newsradio 1030 and cbs.boston.com.

October 8- The Environmental League of Massachusetts will host the Gubernatorial Forum on energy, the Environment, and Innovation Economy. Candidates Jeff McCormick, Martha Coakley, Charlie Baker, and Evan Falchuk will share their stance on key environmental and energy issues. The forum will be held from 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM at the First Floor Function Room, Suffolk Law School, 120 Tremont Street. Questions can be tweeted using #gogreengovma before Tuesday October 7th.

October 21- The Boston Globe and WGBH are cohosting a one-on-one debate between Republican Charlie Baker and Democrat Martha Coakley. Tune on WGBH 2, 89.7 WGBH Boston Public Radio, WGBY-TV in Springfield, and WCAI-FM for the Cape and Islands and live-streaming on WGBHNews.org


General Resources

Statewide MA Ballot Questions

  • List of 2014 MA Ballot Questions 
  • More information about Ballot Questions: 
    • Question 1: Repeals 2013 law that automatically increases gas taxes according to inflation
    • Question 2: Expands the state's beverage container recycling law to include all non-alcoholic containers
    • Question 3: Repeals a 2011 law allowing resort casinos 
    • Question 4: Entitles certain employees to earn and utilize paid sick days

MA Candidates for Governor

Lt. Governor

Secretary of the Commonwealth

State Attorney General

State Treasurer

State Auditor

U.S. Senate

U.S. House

1st Congressional District

2nd Congressional District

3rd Congressional District

4th Congressional District

5th Congressional District

6th Congressional District

7th Congressional District

8th Congressional District

9th Congressional District

Wheelock College does not endorse candidates for political office. The resources provided above are provided only for informational purposes. We encourage all voters to independently seek out additional resources as well.

Chronology of the Right to Vote: The United States Constitution

1804: 12th Amendment
Concerns the process by which electors shall vote for the President and Vice-President of the Unites States.

1868: 14th Amendment
Section 1: Defines what it is to be a U.S. citizen: "all persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside."  This confirms that African-Americans are indeed U.S. citizens.
           
Section 2: Discusses apportionment for representatives.  Makes clear that the vote lies with male citizens 21 years of age and older.  This de facto legitimizes the exclusion of women from politics.

1870: 15th Amendment
Section 1: "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude."
This implicitly leaves open restrictions based on property, literacy, tax-paying status, etc.

1920: 19th Amendment
The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.

1951: 22nd Amendment
No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of the President more than once.

1971: 26th Amendment
Section 1: The right of citizens of the United States who are 18 years of age or older to vote.

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